I am a high school student who is undecided about what my major should be in college. Is there a good way to figure out what to study in college?”

Keiser University Associate Vice Chancellor Ellen Bernhardt recently tackled this question which is one of the most frequently asked questions by prospective college students. 

First of all, you are not alone! The process of finding both the college and the major that best fits the individual can cause stress to many high school students. In addition to a regular load of schoolwork, extracurricular activities, community service, downtime with friends, and/or work during high school, there are time consuming applications to colleges, visits to campuses, and decisions to make about what to study and what the best career choices are. The key to solving your problem is to work with an Admissions Counselor who will spend time with you, listening to you talk about yourself, your hobbies, and what is important to you in a career. By asking questions, listening carefully to your answers, and getting to know you through conversations with you and your family, an Admissions Counselor can make recommendations to you that fit who you are and what you want. Whether your interest is in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), health care, business, or other areas, Admissions Counselors have been professionally trained in many different career fields in each area of interest. They know how to help high school students like you decide which major is right for them, or to decide that the best course of study for them is to enter college for a couple of semesters as an undeclared major. It’s ok to decide not to decide on a major. What is important is to talk to an Admissions Counselor sooner than later. Having that conversation and making a decision can relieve the stress you feel about what’s next after high school graduation. It allows you the opportunity to enjoy your senior year knowing the direction you will take once you graduate from Keiser University-one of the most promising Universities in Florida.  Here is an article on 10 careers that should boom by 2020 that you might enjoy.


For over 25 years, Ms. Bernhardt has been involved in career focused education and she is passionate about her role in helping other reach their life goals through education.  Having graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with honors in Speech and earning a Master’s of Arts degree in business administration from the University of South Florida, Ms. Bernhardt uses her leadership skills to develop the talents of students and graduates in order to maximize the achievement of the mission and goals of an organization.

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